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September 16, 2014

A so-called ‘open mosque’ where male and female Muslims will worship together and where LGBTI people will be welcome will open its doors on Friday in the South African city of Cape Town

South Africa is to get its first gender-equal, non-sectarian, LGBTI welcoming and interracial mosque, with its doors to open to the public this Friday.

The so-called ‘Open Mosque’ will see men and women worship side by side and will welcome both Sunni and Shia Muslims.

In a move that has been controversial with more traditional Muslims, the mosque will allow women to lead prayers when there are men present and marry interfaith couples without both converting to Islam.

June 21, 2014

Singapore's highest Islamic authority cautions Muslims against adopting a 'confrontational approach' and that mosques 'must not be seen as a movement to oppose' LGBTIs

With one week to go before Pink Dot, the largest pro-LGBTI rally in Singapore, an Islamic religious teacher earlier this month launched an online campaign to protest against homosexuality and the Pink Dot event.

Led by Ustaz Noor Deros, a religious teacher, the group said in a press statement on its web site that the WearWhite (#wearwhite) movement is a response to their 'observations of the growing normalization of LGBT in Singapore.'

Their video on YouTube, which features 10 unnamed individuals and was released earlier this week, has since been made private.

December 13, 2013

A group of gay Canadian Muslims plan to open an affirming mosque where people can be themselves in the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia

A group of Halifax gay Muslims have announced plans to open an LGBTI affirming ‘unity’ mosque in their city.

Group spokesperson Syed Adnan Hussein told CBC News that while LGBTIs were free to pray in more traditional mosques in the city, he wanted to create a space could be comfortable in their LGBTI identity while practicing their faith.

November 7, 2013

Organizers cancel talks by Mufti Ismail Menk at leading British universities

Organizers have cancelled a UK university tour by a Muslim cleric who says gays are ‘worse than those animals’.

Ismail Menk was due to visit nine venues around Britain next week, including the universities of Oxford, Cardiff, Leicester, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow.

While often viewed as a moderate, he has been criticized for calling lesbian, gay and bisexual people ‘filthy’.

As a mufti, or religious legal expert, he is authorized to give definitive rulings, called fatwas, based on Islamic law.

May 20, 2013

Muslim leaders in Britain have claimed introducing gay marriage would undermine traditional families and take away parents’ and teachers’ rights

Gay Star News yesterday (19 May) reported Muslim leaders representing tens of thousands worshippers in the UK have banded together against gay marriage.

In what British right-wing newspaper The Telegraph calls ‘an unprecedented intervention from the British Muslim community,’ over 500 imams have signed a letter to express ‘serious misgivings’ about Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s gay marriage bill.

February 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus explains his belief that his religion should welcome the love gay and lesbian couples share with each other and allow them to have nikahs, traditional marriage contracts

Marriage is not about me, me, me but a bond between two people who are in love and want to show the world their commitment to each other.

This is a something the opponents of gay marriage – religious or otherwise – do not seem to grasp. It’s why gay marriage is important and necessary, so we can be equal to our heterosexual friends and companions.

December 21, 2012

The establishment of an LGBT friendly mosque in France has been condemned by authorities in Malaysia

One of Malaysia’s top politicians has warned Muslims to be wary about the spread of homosexuality following the establishment of an LGBT friendly mosque in France.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mashitah Ibrahim said homosexuality was a major transgression in Islam and what was being practiced in Europe should not be emulated in Malaysia.

November 21, 2012

Europe's first inclusive mosque which will welcome LGBT people and women on an equal footing to open in Paris, France

The association of Gay Muslims in France (HM2F) announced it will open an inclusive and progressive mosque which will be open for gays and women on an equal footing.

The new mosque which will be open on 30 November will enable women and men to perform their prayers together in the same space, not separately as is customary in traditional mosques settings.

September 5, 2012

Michael Sinan, a 34 year-old handsome man, who won the title of Mr Gay Denmark, defines himself as modern Muslim and sees no contradiction between his sexuality and faith

Michael Sinan who recently won the Mr Gay Denmark competition sees no contradiction between being gay and Muslim.

He’s not only a 34 year-old handsome man, but boasts a master degree in Turkish studies and has mission to help gay who are Muslims be more reconciled with their faith.